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Giovanni Hidalgo is just fifty-two years old, but he has been a professional percussionist for a little over forty years. This is remarkable. Very few percussionists, even those in the rest of...
Born in Bronx, NY, multi instrumentalist Rick Arroyo began playing piano at the age of 9, drums at age 11, congas, vibraphone at the age of 14 and has worked with some of the best Latin jazz musicians in the US. All that experience shows on his album Mr. P. The album starts with "Mr. P", dedicated to master Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri. The "afinque" on this piece (afinque means playing tight) is reminiscent of the glory days of salsa music [...]